"What are you so happy about?"
Thursday, August 11, 2011
Today I was stopped during my 3 mile easy recovery run (first day I'm "allowed" to run again after the half marathon I did on Sunday) by a woman walking her dog. She asked why I was so happy and told me I had a beautiful smile. It was nice to hear, but here is why it's blog-worthy: an hour earlier I'd been turned down for my dream job (which I've sacrificed a lot financially to apply for in the past few months).
Yup. Just turned down for a great job, out a bunch of money. SMILING. A big, happy, spontaneous, out for a run on a sunny, not humid day, smile.
So why was I smiling?
Because I have direction rather than uncertainty again. Because as I was waiting forever to hear about the dream job, I was also noticing the things I would miss about my current job and life. My current life gives me times for runs during the day, hours with great clients, nice colleagues, a spacious office, a good boss, the ability to take vacation when I want, and little paperwork or administrative stuff that I'm not crazy about anyway. It's 5 minutes from home. I can wear what I want.
Because I am a glass half full kind of person. Because I have lots of goals and dreams to pursue, including 3 or 4 half marathons in the next several months. Because I chose to deal with my frustration by going for a run rather than eating a pint of Hagen Daas. Because the world is full of pretty streams to run by, nice dogs to pat, birds to watch, music to listen to, and people to love. Because I am still feeling darn good about myself from the half marathon I completed Sunday in more time than it takes "serious runners" to complete a full. Because, hey, I've got some great new clothes I bought for the interviews.
Yup, didn't get the dream job, and life is GOOD.